LEMARS - In a battle for the top spot in the Lakes Conference, Estherville Lincoln Central pounded out 14 hits against league leader LeMars and won 10-2 on the Bulldogs' home field Tuesday.
"We've seen their stats on quikstats and going into this game they looked similar to ours," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "But we flexed our muscle and showed we could hit too."
Following the ELC victory, both teams now have a 7-1 record in the conference.
ELC’s Macy Dahl reaches first base just before the ball on this play against LeMars on Tuesday. The Midgets 10-2 victory give both them and LeMars a 7-1 record in Lakes Conference play.
On the mound, Kendall Bosch recorded 14 strikeouts while the Bulldogs scattered eight hits in the game.
ELC opened the first inning as Kristen King reached on an error went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Macy Dahl and to third on a passed ball. Emily Kirchner was intentionally walked and stole second. A single by Bosch scored both runs.
LeMars got one run back in the first inning by putting together a triple and a double.
But ELC scored two more runs in the second.
King opened with a double, but was picked off trying to take third base. Macy Dahl singled and Kirchner was walked again. A single by Bosch scored one run and Christina Tendal hit a double to drive in Kirchner and give ELC a 4-1 lead.
LeMars used a pair of doubles to get one run back in the second, but that was all they'd get the rest of the night.
ELC broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning.
King led off with a single and went to second on the sacrifice by Dahl. A single by Kirchner brought in King and Kirchner went to third thanks to a Bulldog error on the play.
Bosch singled to score Kirchner and Tendal drew a walk. Rachel Bates, courtesy running for Bosch, scored on a single by Taylor Lago. Sarah Schacherer, pinch-running for Tendal, scored on a single by Caitlyn Clayton.
ELC added two runs in the fifth inning.
With two outs, Kirchner singled and scored on a double to deep right-center field by Bosch. A passed ball allowed Bosch to take third base and the final run of the night came home as Tendal reached on an error.
At the plate, Bosch was 4-4 with a double and five RBIs.
Kirchner was 2-3, scored four times and had an RBI. Tendal was 2-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Lago was 2-4 with an RBI and King was 2-5 with two runs and a double.
Dahl was 1-3 and Clayton was 1-4 with an RBI.
ELC (16-4 overall) is on the road against Western Christian this evening.